The government must decide quickly on temporary shelters for displaced Rohingya until more permanent solutions are found, a member of the National Human Rights Commission (NHRC) says.
“Though Thailand is not a [UN refugee convention] signatory, state ministries could actually hasten their authority in providing decent and appropriate shelters for these people, based on human rights principles in the constitution,” he said.
Temporary shelters should be quickly provided for them and local communities where the centres would go should be closely consulted before the Rohingya relocation takes place, he said.
The director of the Anti-Trafficking in Women and Children Division at the Ministry of Social Development and Human Security, Saowanee Khomepatr, said policymakers should act quickly since families which had been broken up felt disheartened. They were still being lured by gangsters to meet the rest of their families in Malaysia and Indonesia.
Burmese Rohingya Association in Thailand president Maung Kyaw Nu said Asean should no longer allow Myanmar to continue its genocide against the Rohingya people, a legitimate ethnic group.